TOMAHAWK - You won't see it on your calendar, but clearly pothole season is here... In Tomahawk the city is even warning drivers to travel at their own risk.
Signs are posted at 4th street and Birchwood near Veterans Memorial bridge. This stretch of pavement has been patched again and again, but the weather keeps it jarring vehicles.
"We've been cold-patching on it, once or twice a week but, in these weather conditions with the freeze thaw, we just can't keep the patching material in there with the volume of traffic that we have on this street," said Mike Tolvstad the Tomahawk Public Works Director.
To make matters worse, 4th street used to be Highway 51. The old concrete under the busted overlay is broken down as well. It's due for reconstruction, but that depends on grants from the state. In the meantime, drivers beware: If you're vehicle gets damaged, don't expect the city to fix it.
"They're always able to take and file a claim, but because of the fact that now there's an alternate route that's just as fast as 4th street, and 4th street's posted and everybody knows how bad it is, probably the chances of getting anything out of a claim are probably pretty slim," said Tolvstad.
Other bumpy spots are Tomahawk avenue by the railroad tracks and towards the bridge on Highway 86. Wisconsin Ave downtown might shake your undercarriage as well.
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